SSWLC exists to (1) support the Women’s Law Center of Maryland (WLC) and to (2) promote a feminist dialogue on campus. The WLC advocates for a level playing field for women and children by direct services, such as operating a family law and employment law hotline; representing victims of domestic violence; and seeking protective orders for immigrant women. The WLC also advocates by writing or joining amicus brief on issues furthering its mission and lobbying in Annapolis for various bills, such as the emergency contraception bill in the past. The SSWLC raises money for the WLC, participates in its fundraising activities, has a mentoring partnership with the WLC Board, receives priority for internships at the WLC, and attends WLC events.
Additionally, the SSWLC promotes a feminist dialogue at UM Law’s campus. In the past, we have discussed the disparate treatment of women and minority workers at Wal-Mart through a showing of “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” as well as reproductive rights. We also enjoy working with the House of Ruth and other local organizations through our community service events, and putting on fun events at the law school, such as our Crab Feast and Spring Fling. Our Crab Feast is now an annual traditional at the law school!